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Location

Alnwick

The market town of Alnwick with its castle www.alnwickcastle.com made famous recently by a number of films including Harry Potter and Alnwick Garden are popular places to visit. The Alnwick Garden contains the largest Treehouse in Europe and is a magical place for a meal.

One of the largest second-hand book shops in Europe, Barter books can be found in an old railway station in Alnwick, where you can browse books in front of the open fire enjoying a coffee and cookie. www.barterbooks.co.uk

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Castles

Northumberland is famous for its castles; at the Old Post Office you are a 2 minute walk up the hill to Warkworth castle and others close by include Alnwick, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh to name but a few.

Houses and Gardens

There are a vast aray of beautiful gardens and houses worth a visit including Cragside www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside  Wallington Hall www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington/ and Howick Hall.

Beaches and the Coast

The Northumberland Coast was designated an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958 and covers 64km of the coastline between Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Coquet estuary. For more information look at www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org

Beaches in Northumberland are dramatically beautiful and unspolit. Warkworth, Alnmouth, Newton-by-the-sea, Bamburgh and Embleton are some favourites. 

Walking and Cycling

Northumberland offers stunning places to walk ranging from a stroll by the river or along the beach, to more challenging walks, including the 97 mile St. Oswald's Way which runs from Lindisfarne, through Warkworth and down to Hadrian's Wall in the south. You don't have to complete all 97 miles, as it can be done in sections!

There are some good cycle pathways along the coast and bikes can be hired down the road at Amble.

Warkworth Hermitage



A pleasant 15 minute walk along the river Coquet at Warkworth will take you to the crossing point for the Warkworth Hermitage. Ring the bell and you'll be rowed across the river to look around this amazing medieval chapel hewn from the rock face. It is thought to have been a private chapel for the First Earl of Northumberland.



Other places worth a visit might include:

  • Holy Island – priory and castle and lovely local mead to sample.
  • Farne islands – boat trips from Amble and Seahouses
  • Newton-by-the Sea – pretty fishing village with great beach and The Ship Inn offers crab sandwiches and beer brewed in its own micro-brewery.
  • Alnmouth – 3 miles down the road, with a great beach, painted houses and variety of pubs.
  • Morwick Ice cream parlour (1 mile out of Warkworth)and Spurellis ice cream parlour (Amble) – award winning ice creams for you to sample.
  • Edinburgh – an hour on the train from Alnmouth station
  • Newcastle – 30 minutes on the train from Alnmouth station